The original ending for Pretty Woman was about as grim as it gets, Julia Roberts reveals. In a conversation with Patricia Arquette for Variety, Arquette herself reveals said that she auditioned for a dark, gritty version of Pretty Woman, and Roberts ended with the role, but in an upbeat rom-com.
“So many, many, many years ago, one of my early auditions was for a movie called 3,000. Most people don’t know that 3,000 was the original Pretty Woman script. And the ending was really heavy,” Arquette, 51, said to kick of her interview with Roberts, 51.
Roberts recalls that the script ended with her character being thrown “out of the car,” before the driver “threw the money on top of her, as memory serves, and just drove away, leaving her in some dirty alley.”
“So it really read like a gritty art movie. When you first read it, it was that incarnation,” Arquette said.
When she landed the role it was for a small movie company that folded shortly after. The script landed at Disney, she said.
“I thought, ‘Went to Disney? Are they going to animate it?'” she told Arquette. “[Director] Garry Marshall came on, and because he’s a great human being, he felt it would only be fair to meet me, since I had this job for three days and lost it. And they changed the whole thing. And it became more something that is in my wheelhouse.”
Roberts also dropped the bomb that she hates doing nude scenes: “Even in Pretty Woman, if I had to be in a slip, I’d be covered in hives.”